MWR 10K Race Report
First of all, it was cold when we started! It was 45 when we started, and with the wind it was around 42-43. By the end of the first lap, however I shed the San Diego Chargers cap because I had already heated up too much.
The race was set up around the golf course and because of construction, had to be modified to include an extra half of a mile. This equated to a total of 10.78K. Unfortunately, we weren't told that until after the race. I don't know what my actual 10K result was, but I finished the 10.78K in 59:45. Here is the breakdown for each mile:
Mile 1- 9:04
Mile 2- 8:41
Mile 3- 8:45
Mile 4- 9:02
Mile 5- 9:27
Mile 6- 9:11
Mile 7- 8:18 (really this is mile 6.0-6.7)
I was blown away by the first mile. I had no idea what to expect and it was showing quickly. We were a little bottled up, as in most races, but by the end of mile 1 it was settled out pretty well. Miles 2 and 3 were great! Right around 3.5, I started dealing with side splits. I was in pain until well after mile 4, but it finally settled down. That pain really affected mile 5 because even though it was over, I had expended so much energy running through the pain in the previous two miles that I was pretty much shot. Mile 6, while still exhausted, I was able to refocus and keep running.
In the end, my pace was 8:55, which is just a hair slower than my 11.5 mile pace for the Fort to Base road race.
I'm much more comfortable on the road than in cross country, so I think in the future I'll stick with the road. However, I'm grateful for the run as it tested me in ways I had not been tested in a long time. It was a tough race but good. The one concern was that we weren't told beforehand that it was going to be an extra half mile. Other than that, it was a great event!
Below is a picture of my running partner and I. His name is Jeff Martin and we have one more race together in November!
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